Irrigation New Zealand

In 2002-03, based on 425,000 ha of irrigation nationally, irrigation contributed $0.9 billion or 11% of farm gate GDP. In 2011/12, the study was repeated for the then 720,000 ha and estimated to contribute $2.2 billion. In 2015-16 it was estimated this figure had grown to $2.4 billion based on 800,000 ha irrigated. These figures are at farm gate and do not take account of the considerable flow-on benefits (processing and related service industries).

Looking at the future potential, the NZIER report of 2010, states increasing irrigable area by 350,000 ha increases national GDP by 0.8 %. A 2012 report by AERU, based on 500,000 ha of existing irrigation in Canterbury with a further 250,000 ha of new irrigation, reinforces this. It demonstrates the Canterbury economy receives an additional $2 billion in revenue, and just under 8,000 FTE’s, from the increased irrigation. For New Zealand wide impacts these numbers rise to $3 billion in revenue and just under 8,400 FTE’s.

There are considerable flow-on economic benefits to the community from irrigation. The Opuha Dam and the North Otago Irrigation Company ex-post studies show that farm expenditure, gross farm revenue and farm employment opportunities typically increase threefold when converting from dryland to irrigated agriculture. There are also large social benefits, including a higher household and personal incomes and a higher proportion of the population in full-time employment.

National and regional socio-economic studies of Irrigation:

Irrigation scheme socio-economic studies:

EVENTS

Wednesday 18 July

09:00 am - 16:00 pm

Water Meter Verification Workbook training day.

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Tuesday 7 August–08 August

10:00 am - 15:00 pm

Water Measurement ( Telemetry) Master Class

7th and 8th August

Lincoln

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Thursday 6 September

10:00 am - 16:30 pm

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training Day, Ashburton on Thursday 8th March.

Venue: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

Tiime: 10am-4pm

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